Mass Readings: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Matthew 10:17-22

Where Was God?

Today, we remember the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Today also marks 10 years since a tsunami sent shock-waves through my island home, Sri Lanka. I’d sat in church that morning, still aglow with Christmas joy, hearing about the massacre of the Holy Innocents and wondering, Why such tragedy so close to Christmas? Just a few hours later, I learned of the tragedy close to home. Where was God?

God became flesh at Christmas, “and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14); but since Pentecost, God indwells human hearts (1 Cor 6:19). Evangelical author Philip Yancey writes, “We incarnate God in the world; what happens to us happens to him.” Whether it’s stones, storms or something else that shatters His children, God hurts, grieves, and weeps with them, even as He wraps comforting arms around them.

Prayer: Word-made-Flesh, thank You for choosing to share my frailties, frustrations, and fragile emotions.